Tahir cops fine after heated clash

The ICC have again taken action after a mid-field confrontation in the ODI series in South Africa

South Africa's Imran Tahir has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing a "lack of respect for the umpires" during the fifth and final one-day international against Australia in Cape Town.

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Tahir and Australia opener David Warner were engaged in a lengthy discussion during Australia's run chase, with Tahir moving towards Warner on several occasions and also having a stern conversation with standing umpires Joel Wilson and Shaun George.

According to an ICC statement, Tahir was ruled to have "displayed a lack of respect for the umpires when he ignored their requests to stop by continuing to verbally engage with opener David Warner".

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The veteran was found guilty of “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game”.

In addition to the fine, the legspinner has also received two demerit points under the International Cricket Council's revised Code of Conduct for players.

The ICC's new demerit points system means another two-point sanction against Tahir in the next 24 months will result in a ban for either one Test match or two limited-overs internationals, whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, the Proteas players have each been fined 10 per cent of their match fee for a minor over-rate offence in the match, while skipper Faf du Plessis has been fined 20 per cent.

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If South Africa commits another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within 12 months of this offence with du Plessis as captain, it will be deemed a second offence by du Plessis and he will face a suspension.

Both Tahir and du Plessis pleaded guilty to the punishments.

Earlier in the series, Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade and South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi were both fined 25 per cent of their match fees and copped one demerit point each following a heated incident during the fourth one-day international in Port Elizabeth. 

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